Troye Sivan, 2018 by James Brickwood

image of Troye Sivan 2018 by James Brickwood

Artist's statement

This is a portrait of 23 year-old South African-born Australian singer Troye Sivan. Perth-raised, Sivan gained popularity as a young teen singing on YouTube and in Australian talent competitions, before signing with a major label in 2013. In the same year, at the age of eighteen, Sivan made a YouTube video announcing that he was gay, determined he would not pursue a career in entertainment while staying in the closet. He is part of a growing group of high-profile younger singers, such as Sam Smith and Frank Ocean, who insist on being open about their sexuality as they make their way in the industry.